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October 30, 2008
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Shaun Smith and the Flames will host their annual Preseason Wrestle Off event, Thursday evening, in the Schilling Center.

Shaun Smith and the Flames will host their annual Preseason Wrestle Off event, Thursday evening, in the Schilling Center.

The Liberty Flames wrestling program will host its annual Preseason Wrestle Off, Thursday evening, in the Schilling Center, helping head coach Jesse Castro determine his starting line-up for Liberty's upcoming wrestling season.

The intrasquad event will feature match-ups in seven out of the 10 collegiate wrestling weight classes. Due to injuries on the squad, there will not be wrestle off match-ups at 184 pounds, 197 pounds and heavyweight. There will also be two extra exhibitions at 149 and 157 pounds.

Below is a bout-by-bout listing of the wrestle off match-ups:
125 - Sean Katz (15-26) vs. Joe Pantaleo (N/A)
133 - Christian Smith (2-34) vs. Cameron Hurd (N/A)
141 - Frank Gayeski (N/A) vs. Joey Montgomery (N/A)
149 - Tim Harner (32-12) vs. Zac McCray (4-13)
157 - Shaun Smith (14-16) vs. Julian Colon (17-16)
165 - Brad Clark (N/A) vs. Sam Rakes (N/A)
174 - Aaron Kelley (29-19) vs. Nick Knowles (10-20)
184 - No match scheduled due to injuries
197 - No match scheduled due to injuries
HWT - No match scheduled due to injuries
149 (Ex.) Ryan McDonnell (0-2) vs. Justin Krop (N/A)
157 (Ex.) Josh Duren (6-6) vs. Aaron Thompson (N/A)
Note: Numbers in parentheses are individual 2007-08 records.

Liberty, the two-time defending NCAA East Regional champions, is slated to open up its 2008-09 schedule at home, when the Flames host East Regional foe Gardner-Webb on Nov. 11 inside the Vines Center at 7 p.m.

The Flames defeated the Bulldogs, 34-6, at last year's Eastern Regional Duals, while finishing 41 points ahead of Gardner-Webb at last year's NCAA East Regional Championship in Lynchburg, Va.